Trooper T.D. “Bo” Forsht said Derrick Lashaun Vincent, 22, has been charged with felony hit and run involving serious injury and driving while license revoked. He received a $1,000 secured bond and July 18 district court date in Halifax County.
The victim in the case, Dondrell Person, remains in intensive care with what Forsht described “as very serious injuries.”
Referring to Person, an employee of Unity Disposal and Recycling, Forsht said, “In my opinion he is a very physically strong individual and in my opinion that probably saved his life from the severe impact.”
The collision occurred on May 22 shortly after 7 a.m. as Person left the refuse truck to collect a trash can on Carolina Rest Home Road.
Vincent was driving south on the road in a red Ford Edge when he collided with Person. Forsht said Vincent left the scene and did not contact law enforcement or leave any information with employees of the Unity truck.
The impact caused Person to travel 115 feet and he came to rest on the shoulder of the road. From there he was transported for medical treatment.
Forsht declined comment on the evidence which linked Vincent to the crime.
This is not Vincent’s first brush with law enforcement, according to state court calendars.
He has a pending court date in Northampton County on July 19 for larceny of a motor vehicle.
On June 27 he has a pending court in Halifax County for speeding and driving while license revoked.
On July 18 he has a pending court date in Halifax County for driving while license revoked, reckless driving to endanger and unsafe movement.
The assistance from the Roanoke Rapids Police Department and Halifax County Sheriff’s Office was crucial in the case. “They assisted us with everything from securing the scene and assisting us with the investigation,” Forsht said.